Cicerone's Tomb

Cicerone’s Tomb is one of the most significant monument of the town of Formia and it is situated along the  “via Appia” direction Rome. The mausoleum dates back to the Augustan Age, nowadays there’s will uncertainty around the attribution of the burial site   to   Cicerone, even if some clues would confirm this hypothesis.  One among these is the presence of one of his great villas in the area, the massive dimensions of the funeral monument and the fact that in 43 b.C. Cicerone died there.

Cicerone’s Tomb is 24 meters high overall; it’s composed by a square base 18 meters each side, surmounted by a cylindrical tower stone rings, covered with marble slabs. The function of this tower was most likely just to increase the size and visibility of the monument. Inside the big square base there is a large circular funeral cell, covered by a ring vault and surrounded by six perimetral niches.

A stone pylon   is also located at the center of the cell. The tower, instead, is composed by one high vault which stands on a pillar. This would have been the natural extension of the pylon set below supporting all the entire structure. The surrounding area, adds further impressiveness to the monument which is already 24 metres tall.